Failed 43 to 54 in the House on December 18, 2009, to prohibit the Department of Environmental Quality from basing electric generating plant permit decisions on factors other than ones related to pollution, such as whether the agency thinks the state needs the plant or the owner should look for alternative forms of electricity.
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The vote was 43 in favor, 54 against, and 12 not voting.
(House Roll Call 679)
Increase certain air emissions fees
|Agema (R)||Amash (R)||Ball (R)||Bolger (R)||Booher (R)|
|Calley (R)||Caul (R)||Crawford (R)||Daley (R)||Denby (R)|
|DeShazor (R)||Elsenheimer (R)||Genetski (R)||Green (R)||Haines (R)|
|Hansen (R)||Haveman (R)||Hildenbrand (R)||Horn (R)||Jones, Rick (R)|
|Knollenberg (R)||Kowall (R)||Kurtz (R)||Lori (R)||Lund (R)|
|Marleau (R)||McMillin (R)||Meekhof (R)||Meltzer (R)||Moore (R)|
|Moss (R)||Opsommer (R)||Pavlov (R)||Pearce (R)||Proos (R)|
|Rocca (R)||Rogers (R)||Schmidt, W. (R)||Schuitmaker (R)||Scott, P. (R)|
|Stamas (R)||Tyler (R)||Walsh (R)|
|Angerer (D)||Barnett (D)||Bauer (D)||Bledsoe (D)||Brown, L. (D)|
|Brown, T. (D)||Byrnes (D)||Byrum (D)||Clemente (D)||Constan (D)|
|Corriveau (D)||Coulouris (D)||Dean (D)||Donigan (D)||Espinoza (D)|
|Geiss (D)||Gonzales (D)||Gregory (D)||Griffin (D)||Haase (D)|
|Hammel (D)||Haugh (D)||Huckleberry (D)||Jones, Robert (D)||Kandrevas (D)|
|Kennedy (D)||Lahti (D)||LeBlanc (D)||Leland (D)||Lemmons (D)|
|Lindberg (D)||Lipton (D)||Liss (D)||Mayes (D)||McDowell (D)|
|Meadows (D)||Melton (D)||Miller (D)||Nerat (D)||Neumann (D)|
|Polidori (D)||Roberts (D)||Schmidt, R. (D)||Scripps (D)||Segal (D)|
|Sheltrown (D)||Slavens (D)||Slezak (D)||Spade (D)||Stanley (D)|
|Switalski (D)||Valentine (D)||Warren (D)||Young (D)|
HOUSE LEGISLATORS WHO DID NOT VOTE
|Bennett (D)||Cushingberry (D)||Dillon (D)||Durhal (D)||Ebli (D)|
|Jackson (D)||Johnson (D)||Nathan (D)||Scott, B. (D)||Smith (D)|
|Tlaib (D)||Womack (D)|
HOUSE LEGISLATORS ALL VOTES
|Y Agema (R)||Y Amash (R)||n Angerer (D)||Y Ball (R)||n Barnett (D)|
|n Bauer (D)||- Bennett (D)||n Bledsoe (D)||Y Bolger (R)||Y Booher (R)|
|n Brown, L. (D)||n Brown, T. (D)||n Byrnes (D)||n Byrum (D)||Y Calley (R)|
|Y Caul (R)||n Clemente (D)||n Constan (D)||n Corriveau (D)||n Coulouris (D)|
|Y Crawford (R)||- Cushingberry (D)||Y Daley (R)||n Dean (D)||Y Denby (R)|
|Y DeShazor (R)||- Dillon (D)||n Donigan (D)||- Durhal (D)||- Ebli (D)|
|Y Elsenheimer (R)||n Espinoza (D)||n Geiss (D)||Y Genetski (R)||n Gonzales (D)|
|Y Green (R)||n Gregory (D)||n Griffin (D)||n Haase (D)||Y Haines (R)|
|n Hammel (D)||Y Hansen (R)||n Haugh (D)||Y Haveman (R)||Y Hildenbrand (R)|
|Y Horn (R)||n Huckleberry (D)||- Jackson (D)||- Johnson (D)||Y Jones, Rick (R)|
|n Jones, Robert (D)||n Kandrevas (D)||n Kennedy (D)||Y Knollenberg (R)||Y Kowall (R)|
|Y Kurtz (R)||n Lahti (D)||n LeBlanc (D)||n Leland (D)||n Lemmons (D)|
|n Lindberg (D)||n Lipton (D)||n Liss (D)||Y Lori (R)||Y Lund (R)|
|Y Marleau (R)||n Mayes (D)||n McDowell (D)||Y McMillin (R)||n Meadows (D)|
|Y Meekhof (R)||n Melton (D)||Y Meltzer (R)||n Miller (D)||Y Moore (R)|
|Y Moss (R)||- Nathan (D)||n Nerat (D)||n Neumann (D)||Y Opsommer (R)|
|Y Pavlov (R)||Y Pearce (R)||n Polidori (D)||Y Proos (R)||n Roberts (D)|
|Y Rocca (R)||Y Rogers (R)||n Schmidt, R. (D)||Y Schmidt, W. (R)||Y Schuitmaker (R)|
|- Scott, B. (D)||Y Scott, P. (R)||n Scripps (D)||n Segal (D)||n Sheltrown (D)|
|n Slavens (D)||n Slezak (D)||- Smith (D)||n Spade (D)||Y Stamas (R)|
|n Stanley (D)||n Switalski (D)||- Tlaib (D)||Y Tyler (R)||n Valentine (D)|
|Y Walsh (R)||n Warren (D)||- Womack (D)||n Young (D)|
House Roll Call 679 on 2009 House Bill 5220
Strap industries with these kind of draconian regulations and watch them flee to Alabama, Mexico, and China. Folks, you are killing the goose that laid the golden egg . . . free market capitalism. All this polution talk is unverified nonsense, particularly the CO2. CO2 is necessary for plant life and we can't reduce it by human activity. When we play God like this by trying, we are reaffirming stupidity.
All the hysteria about air polutiion should be tempered by the fact that industries which we need for our factories and livelihoods are producing manufactured goods and services that create wealth for our citizens. It all comes down to the notion of whether we want healthy, productive industries or clean air with industries run out of the state by tax and regulation policies that strangle life from our industrial base. One reason so many jobs and industries have left the state is that these kind of regulations make running businesses very expensive and there are better places than Michigan to operate from a business standpoint.
However bad you think business is and however much you want to tax it you are biting the hand that feeds you, or, in another metaphor, "killing the goose that laid the golden egg."
I know a good place for all you environmentalists who think business should have these oppressive regulations. Go to Wyoming where you can breathefresh air to your hearts content!
Why should munincipal utilities be exempt. Make the utilities run by politicians operate under the same rules their fellow politicians set for private industry. If the utilities were bought be a private firm, they would have to pay the emissions tax-and property taxes. Why the difference? Are the political run plants emissions less polluting? The air (and sewage) emissions coming out of Lansing certainly aren't.